Author: Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.
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Down in New Orleans

The city has been destroyed many times over, by war, fire, disease, and flood. Each time, she comes back to life, more vibrant than before but with another layer of rich history atop her deep and storied façades.

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Wednesday Writs for May 15

This week’s Wednesday Writs include the backstory of Miranda, history making beauty queens, good news for ninjas and hippies, dumb criminals, and more.

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Wednesday Writs for 5/8

This week: Lawrence v. Texas, ill-conceived lawsuits, lawyers turned jazz musicians, jury duty excuses and litigation for the horses.

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Scouting, Moving Forward, Struggles to Carry its Baggage

It is possible that scouting’s heyday is past. Its admirable attempts to be more inclusive and evolve and change with the times in other ways may have been untenable to those clinging to the tradition the scouts represent.

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Mother Sued for Uncovering Abuse

The School Board and all involved are entitled to defend themselves, but decision to counter-attack the mother because she exposed the atrocities happening in that classroom is a ruthless and tasteless move on behalf of a body of public servants.

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Wednesday Writs for May 1st

Even in the early 70s, lawyers arguing at SCOTUS didn’t get very far before being peppered with questions. Ginsburg argued for 11 straight minutes.

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Wednesday Writs for 4/24

It’s time Wednesday Writs, your roundup of the best legal and law related links from around the web. This week: juvenile justice, illegal vegetable gardens, dumb criminals, Scooby Doo and more.

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Wednesday Writs for 4/17

This week’s roundup includes the Pentagon Papers, sleeping defense attorneys, a Trump-adjacent judicial retirement, and a family going wild at WalMart.

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Wednesday Writs for 4/10

This week’s round up includes the assassination of President Garfield, sex discrimination at Jones Day, lawyers behaving (very) badly, dumb criminals and more

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Woman Commits Crime, Victim Goes To Jail

There was no “cultural misunderstanding” here; nobody mistakes a head pat for pulling a child away by the hair. This woman lied, and the convenient brown-skinned scapegoat paid the consequences.

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Wednesday Writs for 4/3

This week’s Writs include a SCOTUS roundup, a courtroom battle of the beers, hovercraft moose hunting, dumb criminals and more.

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Wednesday Writs for 3/27

Remember that time on Seinfeld when Kramer decided to opt out of mail, sparking a feud with the very sinister Postmaster General, Wilfred Brimley? Turns out, Kramer was within his rights- partially.

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Wednesday Writs for 3/20

In this week’s roundup of law and legal related links, the Legacy of Batson, planking for RBG, court-ordered weather control, Elon Musk’s tweet trouble, and more.